IPL 2020 Match 5 Preview: KKR vs MI - In search of their first win, Mumbai meet strong-looking Kolkata
By the time Kolkata Knight Riders take the field on Wednesday, September 23, Eoin Morgan Tom Banton and Pat Cummins, who joined KKR after competing in the white-ball series between Australia and England in the UK would have completed their six-day quarantine and will be available for selection.
Russell, Morgan and Karthik form a solid middle order
Kolkata have one of the most formidable squads in IPL 2020. Having released Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill will now get an extended run at the opening spot. All-rounder Sunil Narine, who is coming off a brilliant Caribbean Premier League, will be slotted alongside Gill to open the batting.
Nitish Rana is likely to bat at 3, with Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik forming a brilliant middle order. There is no set batting order for KKR and the three will come in to bat on the basis of the number of overs remaining. Karthik, in particular, will play the role of the finisher in the last couple of overs.
With Cummins in, any room for Ferguson?
With Kolkata having broken the bank for Pat Cummins, bagging him for INR 15.5 crore, there is little doubt that he will be the leading pacer for the side. However, with Narine, Russell, Morgan and Cummins already in as the four overseas players, it leaves no room to pick the likes of Lockie Ferguson or Ali Khan which will mean an India heavy bowling attack.
Mavi and Nagarkoti set to rock
Young pace bowling sensations Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who made headlines after their performances in the 2018 under 19 World Cup, are finally fit and raring to go.
Prasidh Krishna is likely to be the third Indian pacer in the team. KKR also have the option of going in with Sandeep Warrier. Kuldeep Yadav will assist Narine in the spin bowling department, and if the left-arm spinner can find form, it will be great news for Kolkata.
Mumbai's jittery start
Defending champions Mumbai Indians were expected to start their campaign with a win over Chennai Super Kings, but lost their opening encounter by 5 wickets. The team did start brilliantly with a partnership of 46 between openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, with both looking good. But the team kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Couple of surprises
A surprise pick for them was Saurabh Tiwary at number 4 in place of Ishan Kishan. A move which worked as Tiwariy scored 42 off 31 balls at a strike rate of over 135.
A big concern for Mumbai is that Hardik Pandya, after going through a back surgery, isn't that comfortable bowling the two-three overs that he did for Mumbai and that effects the balance of the team.
World-class pacers, but MI lacking attacking spinner
James Pattinson and Trent Boult, the two overseas pacers, will continue to play alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar to complete Mumbai's bowling attack.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of MI would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with MI to win.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) - Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(c & wk), Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
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